Q: Ira, if I would have told you that Shane Battier would start, play 42 minutes, score 17 points and make five 3-pointers in the NBA Finals, what would you have said? Why didn't we get more Duke players before this? -- Max, Margate.

A: Well, they did have Christian Laettner. Look, what Shane is doing is remarkable and unexpected. Whether it is sustainable is another story. But the mere fact that he is surviving as a power forward, no, make that thriving, is remarkable. Even if nothing more follows, Shane essentially already has cashed in his Finals contribution. This is not Juwan Howard being along for the ride. This is a player who waited a decade for this moment and is making the most of his opportunity. It truly is a remarkable story.